SANTA FE, Texas — It’s been almost three years since a student went on a shooting rampage at Santa Fe High School, killing eight classmates and two teachers.
This year, Chris was one of five Americans chosen to receive the prestigious Citizen Honors Awards from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
“In 2018, Chris used his body as a human barricade to keep an active school shooter out of his classroom. Chris sacrificed his life for his fellow students and saved the lives of many in his classroom that day. We honor his memory with the Young Hero Award,” the organization said on its website.
The honorees were chosen by a panel of Congressional Medal of Honor winners after demonstrating courage and bravery while serving others.
“Whether it is through a single instance or from continued service, these ordinary people embody the American spirit through their extraordinary actions,” the website says.
The other students who were in that closet when Chris was shot prayed with him as he took his final breath. They made sure his family knew he died fighting.
"Many kids are saying that if it weren't for Chris, the other kids in the room probably would have been dead, as well,” sister Angelica Stone told KHOU11 days after the mass shooting. "He was so gentle, anyone that knew him was touched by him.”
After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida a few months earlier, Rosie Stone asked her son what he would do if a shooter ever entered his school.
Chris said he’d try to fight back.
Then they shared a laugh when Rosie said the worst thing that would even happen in Santa Fe is he might get run over by a cow.